Blog Literacy: Setting up your academic blog

This is an update for a post made in 2015 for my Literacy Theory class, now updated for ENG 704: Teaching Writing Online. What better thing to do on a cold winter’s day than a little webwork? That’s what my ENG 704: Teaching Writing Online students will be doing in January as they set up […]

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Choosing a Blog Platform in 2019

The image is from my first academic blog, Techsophist. I kept that name for many years until it became clear I needed a professional blog under my name instead of a pseudonym. Earlier versions of this post exist, most recently SP 2017 semester for ENG 704, which is offered every other spring. It is 2019 now, so […]

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What a Teaching Writing Online course can do

Any way I look at it, teaching writing online is more work for faculty than teaching in the face-to-face classroom. It is also more work for students, but this post will be looking at it from the faculty side and counting the costs, most of them personal and paid for by faculty rather than the […]

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ENG 704: Choosing a Blog Platform

An earlier version of this post was done for an ENG 725 on “Teaching Writing Online.” I will be updating those posts to include what’s new since then and to better fit the new course. In my ENG 704: Teaching Writing Online class this spring, one of the things they will be doing is reflective […]

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About expectations and required composition classes

Writing I and Writing II are required as part of the gen-eds, a fairly normal thing for all universities. This universal requirement means that students who fear writing or who simply do not value writing as a part of their future must take it anyway. Enforced education is problematic and leads to resistance. I could […]

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About DMAC

As usual, I hate how I look in photos and video, but this is a good interview video, taken at the Digital Media and Composition Institute. I wholeheartedly recommend their summer institute for any writing teacher who seeks more innovative teaching in 21st century literacies.

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More LMS review

After the great Moodle breakdown last semester, I had to scramble to find something to replace it that did not require me to do the upkeep. The one-click options that remained with my host were not going to work. Canvas has changed its terms. I’m probably doing too much for an edublog to satisfy me […]

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Meme sample 4 for Writing II

Posted by Purple Clover on┬áSaturday, December 26, 2015 This is a popular meme, one that I was ready to share with others on Facebook or Twitter, which is a primary measure of whether a meme works or not. This one works. For those creating their own meme for Writing II, it is not a good […]

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Meme example 3 for Writing II

This is one of several meme images  out there purporting to be screenshots of texts, Facebook profiles, or Twitter pages that are carefully constructed to present the person in a non-neutral, heavily female-identified way. This is not women as women see themselves necessarily, but it very much is women as how women are commonly portrayed in […]

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Meme example 2 for Writing II

Posted by Ben Richards on Friday, December 18, 2015 Once again, this sample is from Facebook, but this time with an identified user, Ben Richards. The strength here is the strong optimism of the text contrasted by the dismal conclusion, supported by the iconic figure of Cthulhu, who is most optimistic about his/its destroying practices. Villains […]

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